233 posts • joined 20 Jul 2008
More research needed
Pfft. Idiot. The mechanical difference engine was designed by Steve Jobs, Babbage ripped him off.
Re: I can handle a couple more subscriptions.
You are correct, Ledswinger, in your assessment of the Beeb's output as ' this pile of state produced ordure', but it is still better than the pile of commerce produced ordure. I would rather get herpes from the BBC than AIDS, Ebola and XDR-TB from the commercial broadcasters.
Well done Apple! I, for one, have never needed to swap sim cards in order to test or solve a problem and so I welcome the shining future where I simply need to either obtain internet access in order to configure the device for internet access or spend hours on the phone with foreign support staff who will try and blame my paid-for-but-not-functioning data plan on bad reception/me/my device/the weather.
Ooooh, new versions.
I bet that the new ipad is thicker and heavier (to allow a battery three times the size) and there is a microSD slot and a USB host port.
Works a treat!
I have been testing this system all morning, it is more straightforward than it sounds.
Example: You want to ssh into the server
1. Type your name into the login prompt as usual.
2. Take selfie
3. Convert the selfie image to ascii art
4. Copy-and-Paste the ascii art into the Password prompt.
I do find that it takes more than one attempt to login but that just means more opportunity to take selfies, yay!
1. Buy Apple 1 board for $400,000
2. Pay Jony Ives $1,000,000 to 3-d print a white, rounded-corner case for it.
3. Profit, as it is now worth $1,000,000,000,000
Firearm-related death rate per 100,000 population per year:
United Kingdom (No guns, as they are super naughty) 0.25 (2010)
United States (Everyone has a dozen guns each ) 10.30 (2011)
Surely there should be more than a 40:1 ratio?
Re: Like your mom said ...
Pah, owning a brewery guarantees a supply of beer. Paying for the right to have any of the beers in a particular pub is ok until the pub shuts down tomorrow or the new landlord decides he wants more money from you.
Re: US-centric problem
I cannot speak for Dahn Sarf, but up here in the godforsaken forgotten wilderness it is all the Gyppos, Scratters and Doleys who have iPhones. The couple of dozen people with jobs seem to all have Androids.
Wouldn't it be simpler..
...to build a few gigabytes of cat videos, duckfaces and moronic tweets into each handset at the factory?
It will have to be good to overcome the crushing disappointment of the blackberry thing I was lumbered with in 2008.
It supported bugger all video codecs/audio codecs/image filetypes/document types.
The bastard thing formatted my uSD card when I put it in.
The new blackberry has nice screen resolution, I hope it incorporates some way of displaying stuff on it.
Progress marches on.
Ooh, once upon a time i had an old CRT telly because I was too cheap to buy a flat screen telly, then I had an old CRT telly because I was too cheap to buy an HD-ready telly, now I have an old CRT telly because I am too cheap to buy an HD telly.
Soon I will have an old CRT telly because I am too cheap to buy a 4K telly!
Never replace DVD
When did you start buying your DVDs? Shouldn't the early ones have started delaminating and oxidising by now?
Yes, you will still rack up the data charges, but the signal/noise will be INCREDIBLE!
They can't crack down hard enough on these evil pirates.
I am CEO of an insurance company and, until this internet thing came along, we used to only deal with a few hundred claims for theft a month. Some little toerag would nick a Nolans 45 from the counter at Woollies and we would pay out the 50p that it was insured for, now that same toerag has grown up and is 'Downloading' 'Files' from pirate sites such as 'Napster' and the 'Cloud' and we are paying out hundreds of millions of pounds an hour.
A particularly bad case was when a 'Hacking Pirate' was arrested and the Armed Response Unit who had torn the street down with their tank reported that the 'Hacking Pirate' had used mirrored servers and tape backups! This meant that we had to pay out FIVE times as much for each infringement because the music was either 500% more stolen or had been stolen an extra 4 times. We never did work out which.
It is completely true that if you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear from state 'security' 'services'.
Unfortunately, they can just redefine 'wrong' to suit their aims.
<quote>while it's not possible to force the lamps into weird combinations, such as red and green together, it's possible to cause congestion</quote>
Well, duh. Traffic lights cause congestion. That is what they do. That and cause envelopes of folding money to appear in town planners' pockets.
Re: Virgin Media is great and all that...
If they cut my service, I will just cancel the direct debit and look elsewhere. I have an open fire so they can send as many letters as they like.
Re: Source Material Quality
As a virgin media customer, I can confirm the low picture quality. I see compression artifacts on my 28 inch CRT telly, so christ knows how bad it must look on a modern big screen. Fortunately, the content is so rubbish that I don't mind the low picture quality it is presented in.
I strongly approve!
I had an HTC One X, this led me to place HTC on my NEVER BUY FROM THESE IDIOTS AGAIN list.
Now they have Microsoft software as well. Super! It saves me re-evaluation time. Perhaps they could also incorporate something from BlackBerry and achieve a hat-trick of lameness.
I am not sure that the Azhdarchid Pterosaurs would have eaten fish. I have seen hang-glider and microlight pilots cluster near rivers and lakes and they nearly always ate cream buns and drank cups of tea.
Roundabouts are only a short-term solution to the problem of traffic-light companies bribing corrupt officials into buying their products.
The traffic-light companies bribe corrupt officials into putting traffic lights on the roundabouts.
Re: so just like...
Hahaha, I did the same thing with a 250 Superdream. Whilst ticking over on the centre stand it wandered all over the concrete patio (well, concrete back yard).
Re: Lies, damn lies, and BDUK ...
' That's how it works in the commercial world. You lie, you lose. '
Really? When was this EVER the case?
Re: No convinced
I'm quite unconvinced too. You forgot :
- utterly fails to solve the original problem, but creates a bunch of new ones...
Free FON wifi
Er, if you buy the cheapest and lamest internets from BT, what is to stop you connecting through the FON and using loads of data? Other than billing cock-ups.
LNER was never free and certainly not clean! Belching clouds of coal smoke and dripping oil all over the tracks is a more accurate description. You are an idiot.
Ok with me
I am totally fine with an ISP throttling my data connection, just so long as I am granted the reciprocal right to throttle the payments if I judge that am experiencing high cash contention at the time it arrives.
Re: can't wait
A huge beneficial side-effect of all this car-to-car communication is that the problem of different software and hardware and firmware versions from different vendors, all talking to each other swiftly and faultlessly will be solved.
How does streaming a 4K fillum not affect your download cap? Surely the bytes still have to get to the telly ? Why would storing the bytes before watching use more of your download cap than streaming the bytes?
Imagine if all the parking meter attendants, petty beaurocrats, cold call salesmen, gatso camera operators, and all the other people who have blighted your existance for years got together and launched a mobile phone.
They may also think that the lack of apps is what is deterring you from giving them your money.
Re: So right about the record player.
Oooooh, I shall. Thank you.
Re: So right about the record player.
I bought an N95 and much later an HTC One X precisely because the map data was built in and didn't need a data connection.
The N95 needed a software patch and this removed the map data.
The HTC One X had a patch pushed to it which removed the map data (or removed the app, can't remember).
Re: Admit it - You think it would be useful
Cyclists wearing Google Glass? Jeepers, aren't they satisfied with never looking behind them, they want to never bother to look what is in front of them?
They should lump bicycles in with mopeds, get some mirrors, indicators, number plates and protective clothing on them and have the bastards learn the traffic laws.
Perhaps the Harrier would be easier to fly if it had been developed over the decades?
Re: What's to look forward to?
I quite liked the way you could load stuff into high memory.
Official List of NSA Surveillance Targets:
Everyone, Everywhere, All the time.
Phone case, £5
Epoxy resin £4
Glue case to sleeve/arm
Re: There's a big difference though
Methinks it was more on the lines of 'the government spies upon as many people as possible at any given moment', it is now possible to spy on almost everyone, hence almost everyone is spied upon.
How on earth do drivers cause cyclists problems? The drivers in front of the cyclist are all receding into the distance, whilst the drivers behind the cyclist do not exist because cyclists have no mirrors and never take rear observation.
Re: I already posted about my skepticism in yesterday's Google-mobile thread...
They will be unnecessary in the UK then, as the proliferation of CCTV cameras has already eliminated Psychopaths, dickheads and mad cyclists.
Re: Are they hackable?
The car's black box will show that it suffered a sensor error and had to stop for safety's sake. Mine's the one on the LIDAR mast.
Re: Pffft! Idiots!
The same way streaming fits millions of tracks into a 500MB data allowance.
I am working on an awesome new technology which will make streaming obsolete, it involves using some of the gigabytes of storage usually used for selfies and tracking cookies to instead store digitised music.
Re: Actually, I rather liked these kids
Hehehe, this hit a nerve with me. I have been using Win8.1 today and when I wanted to turn the thing off, I ended up ( after flailing around the desktop and swiping the corners of the screen etc ) opening a CLI box and eventually finding 'shutdown/s'.
Pro Tip: if you want to reboot, use shutdown/r
Tomorrow I might try and find a text editor.
Re: The logical next step
Modern cars are already full of computers and, although they do not get tired/distracted or upset, they manage to malfunction enough to make the car beyond economic repair.
Traffic jams and fuel usage _could_ be reduced by removing traffic lights, but corruption and bribery will keep them in place.
Highway patrol will love the new roadside tax opportunities offered by self-driving cars. New laws will spring up to catch out the JohnnyCabs and you will get fined for breaking the laws until it is time for you to pay for firmware updates to prevent them being broken.
If there is difficulty in streaming video across the intarwebs, then perhaps it is time to design some kind of storage which can be filled slowly with video but then played back at full speed when all the video frames are in it.
I am thinking of a slowed-down vhs cassette recorder, but there may be an even better way of doing it.
Re: What do you want for free?
Meh, they can block me if they want. Let them find out how much their content is actually worth.
Innocents' data is not retained. Any evidence which would show a defendant's innocence will be deleted/shredded/altered/mislaid.
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